ED preaches peace ahead of elections

The Herald Nduduzo Tshuma Bulawayo BureauPRESIDENT #Mnangagwa has urged political parties and candidates contesting the July 30 harmonised elections to continue preaching peace and unity among Zimbabweans, saying he was happy with the tranquillity in the country so far. In an audio message posted on various platforms, including the ED Has My Vote Facebook page, President Mnangagwa said the contest between candidates should be on ideas and not physical clashes. “I wish to express to you my desire for us to have a peaceful election,” he said.“You may be a…

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Zim welcomes 5 new ambassadors

The Herald Tendai #Mugabe Senior ReporterFive new ambassadors presented their credentials to President #Mnangagwa at State House in Harare yesterday and expressed interest to improve relations with Harare in several key areas. The diplomats were from New Zealand, Myanmar, Mauritius, Tunisia and Vietnam. First to present his credentials was Ambassador Gerrad Burrell of New Zealand.Speaking to journalists after presenting the credentials and a brief meeting with President Mnangagwa, Ambassador Burrell said they were keen to improve economic cooperation with Zimbabwe. President Emmerson Mnangagwa receives a gift from Socialist Republic of…

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Opposition hails peaceful campaign

The Herald Bulawayo BureauPresident of the Zimbabwe Rainbow Democratic Party (ZRDP) Mr Cuthbert #Ncube has hailed the peaceful environment obtaining in the country, saying his party’s campaigns that are in full swing have been violence-free. He said if the situation persists, the July 30 polls would be credible and transparent. Speaking at a rally in Old Pumula, Bulawayo, last Saturday, Mr Ncube said his party appreciated efforts under the new dispensation for people to express themselves freely, as well as associate with the party of their choice. ZRDP is eyeing…

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I’m not a politician: Nkosana Moyo

The Herald Tichaona Zindoga Political EditorDr #Nkosana Moyo, one of the 23 presidential contenders in the July 30 elections, says he is not a politician but a manager and is not ashamed of being a “nice guy” because he wants to bring a new culture to Zimbabwe’s politics. The Alliance for People’s Agenda (APA) leader launches his party’s manifesto in Harare today. A former Industry minister, Dr #Moyo has not held mass rallies or given away political regalia, preferring to approach individuals, disparate groups and households. It is his idea…

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JUST IN: Splintered opposition paves way for ED victory

The Herald Zimbabwe’s divided opposition could bolster the long-ruling Zanu-PF’s chances of victory after failing to forge a solid coalition for the country’s first elections without Robert #Mugabe. Twenty-three candidates — the highest number in the country’s election history — are in the running for the presidential race after haggling over the allocation of parliamentary seats, scuttling a plan by the opposition to form a united front in general elections due on July 30. But the real battle is seen to be between Zanu-PF and the main opposition Movement for…

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Police ban dangerous weapons

The Herald Thupeyo Muleya Beitbridge BureauPolice in Beitbridge have banned the carrying of dangerous weapons as preparations for the country’s harmonised elections set for July 30, gather momentum. In a notice yesterday, Officer Commanding Beitbridge police Chief Superintendent Francis Phiri said the embargo was with effect from June 7 to September 7. He said the prohibition of possessing offensive weapons was in line with section 14 (1) of the Public Order and Security Act (POSA) chapter 11:17. “No person shall carry or display in a public place thoroughfare, whether openly…

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Alliance litters ZEC with frivolous cases

The Herald Felex Share Senior ReporterThe #MDC Alliance has resorted to dirty tactics of littering the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) with frivolous court applications, despite successfully contributing in recent amendments to the Electoral Act which brought the changes they are now contesting, The Herald has learnt. It emerged yesterday that the two MDCs led by Mr Nelson #Chamisa and Professor #Welshman Ncube successfully caused changes to more than 10 Sections of the Electoral Act, some of which they are now exerting pressure on ZEC to disregard. President #Mnangagwa signed the…

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$5m diamond cash for Manicaland folk

The Herald Felex Share Senior ReporterGovernment yesterday handed over $5 million for the revitalisation of the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Trust as President #Mnangagwa’s administration fleshes out empowerment projects to ensure ordinary people benefit from diamond proceeds. In 2012, diamond mining companies operating in Chiadzwa, Manicaland, pledged $50 million towards the Marange-Zimunya Community Share Trust, but released only $500 000. Some of the firms, under the supervision of the then Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Mr Saviour Kasukuwere presented dummy cheques to former President Robert #Mugabe, while others feigned…

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Only an earthquake can stop elections, says Chigumba

The Herald Farirai Machivenyika Senior ReporterThe July 30 harmonised elections cannot be stopped for whatever reason, with aggrieved candidates only able to challenge the outcome of the polls. This was said by Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) chairperson Justice Priscilla Chigumba while addressing her inaugural weekly media briefing yesterday. She was responding to questions on whether or not parties and candidates can stop the elections based on any anomalies they might pick on the voters’ roll. [embedded content] “The first thing to take note of is once the President has proclaimed…

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First Lady unveils mega poultry project

The Herald Tendai Rupapa Senior ReporterFirst Lady Auxilia #Mnangagwa, through her charity foundation Angel of Hope, has partnered women from three Matabeleland provinces and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Gender and Community Development to establish a chicken project with a potential to produce 45 000 birds at any given time. The project, the Marula Chicken Abattoir, is a complete value chain business that encompasses chicken rearing, slaughtering and packaging for the market. The long-term objective of the project is to establish similar projects across the country in all the provinces…

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